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Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings: Week 4

by Tommy Beer
Updated On: November 12, 2019, 1:33 am ET

Winners of seven straight games, the Boston Celtics jump all the way up to No.1 in the updated NBA Power Rankings. The other major mover this week is Phoenix, who has climbed into the top 12. 

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1. Boston Celtics
Record: 7-1
No Kyrie? No Horford? No problem. The Celtics are currently riding a seven-game winning streaking, thanks to impressive play from new addition Kemba Walker, along with crucial contributions from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. However, late in the first half of Boston's 135-115 beatdown of San Antonio on Saturday, Gordon Hayward broke his left hand. Hayward will miss at least a month and could be forced to undergo surgery. Tough break for Hayward, who looked great early on this season. 

2. Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 7-2
The Lakers were riding a seven-game winning streak of their own heading into Sunday night before falling to the Raptors. Anthony Davis tallied 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks, two 3-pointers in Sunday's loss, but did tweak his right shoulder in the process. Asked about his ailing shoulder after the game, Davis said: "There's never a play I don't feel it. But I'm going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game."

3. Milwaukee Bucks
Record: 7-3
It's rare that the most talented and physically gifted player on the court also is the most dedicated. Watching the type of effort Giannis Antetokounmpo plays with every night, you'd think he was a guy on a two-way contract fighting for his NBA life. Nope, he's the reigning MVP and is averaging a mind-boggling 29.7 points (on 58.5% shooting), 14.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.6 blocks in just 33.1 minutes a night.   

4. LA Clippers
Record: 6-3
Paul George (shoulders) will not play on Monday vs. Toronto. However, PG-13 went through a full practice this weekend, and it seems he is on the verge of his return. The Clips play a back-to-back set on Wednesday and Thursday, and it looks like a real possibility we get our first glimpse of George in a Los Angeles uniform in one of these two contests. 

5. Toronto Raptors
Record: 7-2
The Raps lost Kawhi Leonard over the summer. On Friday, they saw Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Serge Ibaka (sprained right ankle) sustain injuries that prevented them from playing in a road game Sunday night in LA against a Lakers team that had won seven straight. After LeBron and company took a double-digit lead versus the undermanned Raptors, it seemed certain the Lakers would make it eight straight. Yet, the gritty, gutty Raps rallied back to notch a 113-104 victory. 

6. Denver Nuggets
Record: 7-2
Nikola Jokic looked a bit sluggish early on this season, but he made big plays in big moments for the Nuggets last week. After knocking down a game-winner to sink the SIxers on Friday night, Jokic pulled off last-second magic once again in a win over the Wolves on Sunday. 

7. Utah Jazz
Record: 6-3
The Jazz notched two very impressive wins last week, beating the two Eastern Conference powerhouses. On Wednesday, they squeaked past the Sixers, and on Friday they knocked off the Bucks. Utah has not allowed more than 105 points in a single game this season. 

8. Philadelphia 76ers
Record: 6-3
Ben Simmons (right shoulder) did not play on Sunday against the Hornets, but a team spokesman said over the weekend that Big Ben has been making progress. Furkan Korkmaz has provided a nice little, surprising spark for the Sixers of late. Over Philly's last five games, Korkmaz is averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 triples and 2.7 rebounds in 25.4 minutes. 

9. Miami Heat
Record: 6-3
After a blazing start to the season, the Heat came back down to earth last week, getting blown out by the Nuggets in Denver and the Lakers in LA. However, they did register an impressive victory over the Suns in Phoenix on Thursday. 

10. Houston Rockets
Record: 6-3
After stumbling out of the gates, Houston took advantage an easy stretch of the schedule last week, beating up on the Grizzlies, Warriors, and Bulls. Rockets have another winnable game on Monday in New Orleans, before heading home to take on the Clippers. 

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11. Dallas Mavericks
Record: 6-3
After losing to his former team Friday night in Dallas, Kristaps Porzingis will look for revenge this Thursday, when the Mavs travel to New York to take on the dysfunctional Knicks at MSG. The Garden crowd will be extremely fired up to boo their once-beloved unicorn. The game will be nationally televised on TNT. 

12. Phoenix Suns
Record: 6-3
While a handful of losing teams have blamed roster turnover and unfamiliarity on a lack of early-season success, the Suns have seemingly debunked that theory. Four of the six players that have logged over 200 minutes for Phoenix in 2019-20 weren't on the team last season. Who would have thought that three weeks into this season the Suns would have as many wins as the Nets and Warriors combined? (Especially after No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton got suspended.) Head coach Monty Williams deserves a ton of credit for getting the Suns performance thus far. 

13. Indiana Pacers
Record: 6-4
Despite losing Myles Turner, Jeremy Lamb and Goga Bitadze to injury, the Pacers won each of the final three games they played last week. Myles Turner (ankle) was able to get through some 4-on-4 work over the weekend, so he may return to action Tuesday night vs. OKC. 

14. San Antonio Spurs
Record: 5-4
After winning three straight to start the season, the Spurs have lost four of their last six contests, including a blowout loss to the Celtics at home on Saturday. After a home game vs. the Grizz on Monday, San Antonio will play six of their next seven on the road.  

15. Minnesota Timberwolves
Record: 5-4
The Wolves lost three of four last week, with their only win coming Friday, in overtime, against a shorthanded Warriors squad. On the bright side, Andrew Wiggins has posted solid numbers this season, averaging 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 46% from the floor.